Keene, N.H. - October 22, 2013 - Drew Sommer (West Chester, Pa.) found the back of the net in the 79th minute for the game-winning strike as the Springfield College men's soccer picked up a gritty 2-1 win at Keene State in non-conference play on Tuesday evening.
For the regionally-ranked Pride, it marked the first time that it had defeated Keene State on its home turf since 1989. The win boosts Springfield record to 12-3 on the year. The loss sets Keene State back to 5-10 this year.
Keene State jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 33:40 mark of the first half. Springfield junior goalie Billy Schmid (Wethersfield, Conn.) made the initial save on a shot by junior Michael Jacques (Tolland, Conn.), but classmate Nate Banas (Monson, Mass.), who moved up front due to injuries, knocked in the rebound for his first career goal.
Keene State back Pat Anthony (Southampton, Mass.) momentarily kept the Pride off the board when he slid across and blocked a shot by senior Michael Fowler (Maynard, Mass.) with KSC junior goalie Mike Ketterman (Monson, Mass.) out of position. However, seconds later, Springfield tied the game on a short-corner goal by senior Ryan Malone (Chicopee, Mass.). Senior Danny Amato (Newington, Conn.) earned the assist.
Anthony came up big again for the Owls in the opening minute of the second half when he blocked a shot by Pride senior Scott Saucier (Derry, N.H.).
Springfield took advantage of a misplay in the Owls backfield to get the go-ahead goal with 11:41 to go. Sommer beat Ketterman with a shot to the far corner for the game-winner. Amato tallied his second assist of the night and his ninth of the season.
Looking to get the equalizer with 3:43 to play, KSC sophomores Scott Dietz (Woodlands, Conn.) and Matt Langford (East Longmeadow, Mass.) fired consecutive shots on goal. Freshman goalie Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass.) came up huge after stopped the bid by Dietz with a sprawling save before Langford’s drive hit off the crossbar.
Keene State had a slim 23-21 advantage in shots and a 6-3 margin in corner opportunities. Ketterman finished the game with eight saves. Schmid started in goal for the Pride and made six saves. Richard played the final 29:13 and stopped four shots.
Springfield will now prep for an important conference clash when it hosts regionally-ranked MIT at 1:00 pm as part of Homecoming festivities.